Senior Research Associate - Research & Innovation


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

About the role

The Research & Innovation team of Abcam is seeking a Senior Research Associate to assist in the development of a high efficiency and fit-for-purpose monoclonal antibody pipeline in our Waltham, Massachusetts facility. In close collaboration with other members of the Research & Innovation team, the ideal candidate will play an integral role in the development and validation of novel immunization strategies, cloning protocols, and antibody screening assays. Candidates will possess the ability to independently design and troubleshoot experiments, as well as interpret data on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate must be comfortable conducting literature reviews, effective in communicating scientific findings, and possess strong time management/organization skills. An understanding of immunology, molecular biology, and/or cellular biology fundamentals is also desired.

This role reports to the Head of Immunology.

About the Team

The Research & Innovation team in Waltham is responsible for the optimization and re-tooling of antibody production in Abcam’s discovery pipeline, as well as the exploration of novel technologies as they pertain to company goals. This team operates at the interface of knowledge and creativity, utilizing its diverse scientific background and problem-solving expertise to generate innovative solutions designed to aid Abcam in maintaining its standard of being one of the most utilized and most trusted names in science.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Independently design, implement, and troubleshoot experiments related to recombinant antibody production pipeline. Use experimental data to draft SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
  • Experience with screening assay technology, including but not limited to multicolor flow cytometry, ELISA, and/or HTRF. Experience with automation is a significant advantage.
  • Understanding and demonstrated practice in molecular cloning, including but not limited to PCR amplification, restriction digestion cloning, Gibson assembly, and Golden Gate cloning.
  • Experience with relevant and current bacterial and mammalian cell culture techniques. Ability to work with both immortalized lines & primary cells. Aseptic technique & experience in a BSL-II environment.
  • Capacity to conduct comprehensive literature reviews and share findings in a clear manner.
  • Work collaboratively in a rapidly evolving environment within regional and across global teams.
  • Excellent data tracking and record keeping required, including appropriate population of laboratory notebooks and data management systems.
  • Support troubleshooting of technical issues, work to resolve any issues to minimize impact on success of projects. Understanding of delivery impact on the organization and strong time management skills, ability to prioritize projects and actions that add value to the company.
  • Work in accordance with current health and safety procedures, abide by laboratory SOPs and work within Abcam H&S, Ethical, and Quality standards.


You have a bachelor, master or equivalent experience in biology, immunology, or closely related discipline with 2+ years relevant experience in an industry laboratory setting.

You’ll be joining a fast-paced evolving environment and must be comfortable with hitting the ground running. If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best loved brand in life sciences please apply now!

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.


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